Sect kills 8 in beer parlor attack in Nigeria

January 10, 2012 - 5:56 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Police say an Islamist sect has killed eight people, including four police officers, at a beer parlor in northeast Nigeria.

Local police commissioner Tanko Lawan said the attack happened late Tuesday night in Yobe state. Lawan said the gunmen opened fire on the parlor, killing people including a 7-year-old child.

Lawan said no arrests have been made but blamed the shooting on a radical sect known as Boko Haram.

The group has been blamed in at least 54 deaths in recent days, according to an Associated Press count.

Boko Haram says it has started specifically targeting Christians, exploiting religious tensions in Africa's most populous nation.

President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency just over a week ago in parts of the country most affected by the feared sect attacks.

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army says suspected members of a radical Muslim sect have killed two Christians in separate attacks despite an increased security presence in the area.

Col. Victor Ebhaleme said Boko Haram gunmen attacked two Christian homes Monday evening in back-to-back attacks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

At least 54 people have been killed in recent days by Boko Haram, according to an Associated Press count.

Boko Haram says it has started specifically targeting Christians, exploiting religious tensions in Africa's most populous nation.

President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency just over a week ago in parts of the country most affected by the feared sect attacks.